Thursday, July 16, 2015

Flowers Survive

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Published: Sept. 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Received: Borrowed a copy from the library

Rose Justice is piloting for America during World War II when she's captured by Nazis. They send her to Ravensbruck--the women's concentration camp known for performing atrocious surgeries on their prisoners.

Books set during World War II and the Holocaust are horrifying. I cry every time I read one. But I think it's important to remind ourselves of the atrocities human people can commit against one another. Rose Under Fire tells a unique story in that most of the characters are not Jewish. These are prisoners of war, these are Polish women and Russian women and French women and an American. Obviously the genocide of Jewish people was a major portion of the Holocaust, but there were other people who had to endure the horrors of concentration camps. I appreciated this look into that side of the story too.

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